Let’s give the emperor some (real) clothes!

19 January 2018

The oft-lauded flexibility of the ‘constitution’ arguably make the UK a potentially unstable and unreliable negotiating partner: there will, for example, be no entrenched or judicially enforceable domestic legal principle that will prevent Parliament from reneging on whatever agreement, if any, the EU and the UK reach on the latter’s withdrawal.

John Cotter

John Cotter BCL, LLB (Hons) (NUI), BL (King's Inns), Barrister (Middle Temple), PhD (Dubl) is a Lecturer at the Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University.


John completed a BCL (Law and German) degree at University College Cork in 2004, spending the academic year of 2002/03 at Universität Konstanz, Germany. He subsequently received a first class honours LLB degree from University College Cork in 2005. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2006, having graduated from King's Inns with merit. In November 2016, John passed his PhD viva without corrections at Trinity College Dublin: his thesis was entitled: "Extra-Legal Steadying Factors in the Article 267 TFEU Preliminary Reference Procedure".


John worked as a Research Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General on the Statute Law Revision Project in 2006-2007. He practised at the Irish bar from 2007 to 2011, and lectured and tutored part-time at Dublin City University from 2010-2012. From January-July 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at Universität Rostock, Germany. From January 2013-August 2017, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. During this time, he also taught courses in Mauritius and Sri Lanka in Public Law and European Union law respectively. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Middle Temple in July 2014. John is also a member of the editorial board of the Irish Community Development Law Journal.